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2018 Jeep Cherokee

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2018 Latitude 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
most popular
Price:   -  From $24,395
2018 Latitude 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $25,895
2018 Latitude Plus 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,295
2018 Latitude Plus 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $27,795
2018 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,795
2018 Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $30,995
2018 Limited 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $31,295
2018 Overland 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,095
2018 Overland 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $37,340

Overview

When it first appeared in 2014, the Jeep Cherokee's look sharply divided the brand's faithful. What that polarizing look has done since, however, is help the Cherokee sell like hotcakes, along with the model’s authentic ruggedness and the freedom of its a la carte option lineup.

What's New for 2018

Jeep has revamped the Cherokee’s trim levels – killing the bottom-shelf Sport to leave the Latitude as the new base while fortifying its list of standard features with HID headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, and a backup camera. A brand new Latitude Plus debuts, outfitted with an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satellite radio, and more.

Also new is the $2,295 Tech Connect Package. Created in partnership with Amazon and available on the Latitude trim, it includes the 8.4-inch Uconnect 3C system, an Amazon Echo Dot device, a three-month subscription to the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan and a three-month membership to Audible. The package allows Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant to interface with the Cherokee so that owners can remotely start and stop the engine, lock/unlock the doors, and more via Alexa voice commands.

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Choosing Your Jeep Cherokee

Deciding on which 2018 Jeep Cherokee is the right fit is as simple – or difficult – as figuring out what one will require of it. Starting from the basic commuter-duty Latitude with front-wheel drive ($24,990 including $1,095 destination), the Cherokee can be outfitted as a high-content luxury cruiser, a rugged rock-crawler, and everything in between.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque is standard on nearly every Cherokee. A 3.2-liter V6 with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque and standard stop/start technology is a $1,745 option across the board, except on the range-topping, four-wheel-drive-equipped Overland. Aside from the off-road-ready Trailhawk, front-wheel drive is standard while one of Jeep's many four-wheel-drive systems is a $1,500 optional extra. A nine-speed automatic is the only available transmission.

Front-drive four-cylinder Cherokee models return an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 30 highway, and 25 combined, while a front-drive V6 only loses one mpg on the highway and combined ratings. Grabbing a four-wheel-drive Latitude with the four-cylinder drops the EPA estimate to 21 city, 28 highway, and 23 combined, while the base V6/four-wheel-drive combo loses one mpg in the city.

Because it uses a different four-wheel-drive system – Jeep's so-called Active Drive II – the Latitude Plus, Limited, and Overland share distinct fuel economy estimates. Four-cylinder models return 21 mpg city, 27 highway, and 23 combined, while adding the V6 to any of these models drops the EPA estimates to 18 city, 26 highway, and 21 combined.

Bringing up the rear is the off-road-ready Cherokee Trailhawk – in four-cylinder form, it nets just 19 city, 25 highway, and 22 combined, although ultimate inefficiency is still the realm of the V6 model, which returns just 18 mpg city, 24 highway, and 21 combined.

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is available in five trims.

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Latitude

Starting at $24,990, the Cherokee Latitude features a standard Uconnect 3 infotainment system with a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming audio and voice command, a rearview camera, a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display, 17-inch wheels, roof rails, cloth upholstery, manual seats, power body-colored exterior mirrors, keyless entry, HID headlamps, and an electronic safety suite that includes roll mitigation, hill start assist, and trailer-sway control.

There are three available packages on the Latitude, including the aforementioned $2,295 Tech Connect Package. The $995 Altitude Package (18-inch wheels, exterior accents, badging, and roof rails, all in black) is purely focused on style, while the $985 Cold Weather Group (air conditioning, engine block heater, all-season floor mats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel with audio controls, power heated exterior mirrors, and remote start system) should appeal to owners in colder climes. SiruisXM satellite radio ($295, including one year of service) and a compact spare tire ($215) are available individually.

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Latitude Plus

Priced at $26,190, adding “Plus” to the Latitude name adds leather and cloth upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, an eight-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar adjustment, a flat-folding front passenger seat, proximity entry and push-button start, and more stylish 17-inch wheels.

The Latitude Plus opens up orders for the $1,755 panoramic sunroof, while $695 scores a nine-speaker Alpine audio system. You'll also gain access to three additional options packages with the Cherokee's new volume trim.

The $1,445 Comfort/Convenience Group (automatic dual-zone climate controls, remote start, security alarm, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, and power liftgate) does what it says on the lid. Safety conscious consumers will want the $1,095 SafetyTec Group (blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and rear park assist) while anyone that plans on towing should grab the $795 Trailer Tow Group (Class III receiver hitch, trailer tow 7- and 4-pin wiring harness, heavy duty engine cooling, auxiliary transmission oil cooler, 3.517 final drive ratio, and a full-size spare tire). The Cold Weather Group is unchanged from the base Latitude.

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Limited

As is usually the case, “Limited” means “luxury.” And in the case of the $30,890 Cherokee Limited, its $3,500 premium adds full-leather upholstery with heating for the seats and steering wheel, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and the Latitude Plus' Comfort/Convenience and SafetyTec groups as standard.

Prices remains the same for the Trailer Tow Group, the Alpine audio upgrade and panoramic sunroof. The Altitude Package is now the High Altitude Package, for now apparent reason, and while its name is different the content and price are the same.

The Technology Group ($1,645) adds a suite of electronic safety systems, including adaptive cruise control with stop and go, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and parallel and perpendicular park assist, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, while the Luxury Group ($1,345) upgrades the leather upholstery, and adds ventilation to the front seats, a rear tonneau cover, and memory for the driver’s seat, radio, and exterior mirrors,. The Luxury Package also introduces a navigation function, HD radio, Uconnect Access with one year of service, and every SiriusXM service under the sun (with varying lengths of complimentary subscriptions) to the 8.4-inch display.

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Trailhawk

There is nothing subtle about the $32,090 Cherokee Trailhawk, with its bright red Trail Rated emblems and Trailhawk-exclusive matte black hood decal and off-road fascia, featuring red tow hooks. That front fascia is functional, though, increasing the approach angle of this most potent Cherokee. A standard Active Drive Lock four-wheel-drive system with a dedicated Rock drive mode, heavy-duty off-road suspension with one-inch greater ground clearance, underbody skid plates, and chunky 17-inch polished and painted off-road aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires round out the functional improvements.

As far as interior trimmings go, however, think of the Trailhawk as a $4,700 upgrade to the Latitude Plus rather than an extra $1,200 on the Limited. Gone, for instance, is the leather upholstery, in favor of a Latitude Plus-style – but Trailhawk-branded – bucket seats with Rivet Cloth inserts, Nappa leather-trimmed bolsters, and Ruby Red accent stitching. The automatic dual-zone HVAC element of the Comfort/Convenience Group is standard, with the balance available for $1,145. Also standard is the SafetyTec Group, with the Trailer Tow and Cold Weather groups, Uconnect navigation system, and the glass roof on hand as extra-cost options.

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Overland

The $35,190 Overland picks up where the Limited left off, eschewing any of the Trailhawk’s grittier elements in favor of luxury everything. If the Limited could have it, the Overland likely either has it or has an even better version, like having Berber floor mats instead of, well, not that. And in addition to all the luxury, comfort and convenience items Jeep could stuff into it, the company set the Cherokee Overland apart externally as well with body-color fascias and cladding, and unique multi-spoke 18-inch polished aluminum wheels.

The Overland does have one thing in common with the Trailhawk: the forced option. If one wants to add four-wheel drive to an Overland, they have to live with the V6 engine – in total, look for a $3,245 premium.

A Heavy Duty Protection Group adds a little Trailhawk to the Overland package (along with $1,500 to its price tag) with a collection of skid plates that gird the four-wheel-drive Overland’s underside, transmission, fuel tank, and front suspension from rocks, while also adding a full-size spare tire. The Technology Group, engine block heater, and panoramic sunroof also remain optional even on an Overland, meaning that if one chose to tick all the boxes on this ultimate Cherokee they would be looking at an MSRP of $43,695. That's a full $18,705 more than the sub-$25k base model it’s based on.

CarsDirect Tip

If you like the Cherokee but can’t stand its unorthodox looks, fear not: the 2019 model – among other things – has been spied wearing a new front fascia with more conventional style. But if you think the 2018 is the bee’s knees – you don’t need the full-on off-road Trailhawk – the new Latitude Plus trim level is the sweet spot for affordability and available options.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Small crossover utility vehicles are ideal for driving around town, but usually aren’t designed for anything more than light-duty off-road use. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is an exception, a five-passenger vehicle with an available Trailhawk edition, and the content to keep small and growing families happy.

Best Value

The 2018 Cherokee comes in five trims —Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk. The Limited four-wheel drive model has a starting price of $32,390 (including a $1,095 destination charge).

We see the Cherokee Limited as offering the best value because it offers such popular amenities as remote vehicle start, dual-zone climate control, and driver-assist features. We advise upgrading to the V6 if you plan to take your Cherokee off road.

  • Model: 2018 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4
  • Engine: 3.2-liter, V6
  • Output: 271 hp/ 239 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 20 city / 27 highway
  • Options: V6 engine ($1,745), four-wheel drive ($1,500), Technology Group Package ($1,645, adaptive cruise control with stop and go ability, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, parallel and perpendicular park assist, automatic high beams, and advanced brake assist)
  • Base Price: $30,890 (including $1,095 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $35,780

Performance

Jeep Cherokee

The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque,, while providing a failry quiet driving character. The Cherokee's 3.2-liter V6 generates 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. The added performance is welcome, although the additional weight pushes the Cherokee above two tons on some trim levels. Both engines work alongside a nine-speed automatic transmission, which is jerky at times. The best way to overcome the sensation is to shift into sport mode for sharper gear shifting.

The all-wheel drive models do an admirable job of mimicking four-wheel drive, beginning with Active Drive II, simulating low range and a decent crawl ratio. With the Selec-Terrain system, the selectable drive system handles mud, sand, rock and snow with ease. To save fuel, this system can even declutch its rear wheels. Consider the Trailhawk if you want an extra inch of ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, and a locking rear differential.

When properly equipped, the 2018 Cherokee with the base engine can pull up to 2,000 pounds. The V6-equipped model has a best-in-class 4,500-pound tow rating.

Interior and Exterior

The 2018 Cherokee isn’t like other Jeep models. Five years after Jeep resurrected the model name, we’re still scratching our heads, not sure of the reasoning behind going with a design that’s still very controversial. From the haphazard grille to the odd-looking LED running lights and on to curiously placed headlamps, there’s more going on here than we like. The rest of the body is much less controversial, but not especially inspiring either.

The good news is that the interior largely cancels out the exterior with a design that’s pure crossover. Throughout the interior plastics are liberally applied, but the textures are pleasing and the color choices interesting.

The front seats are quite comfortable – legroom is excellent in the second row, although shoulder space is tight. The Cherokee Limited delivers the most comfortable seats as they’re sufficiently bolstered and wrapped in Nappa leather.

You’ll find ample storage space and compartments too. The front seat folds down for carrying long objects diagonally. We like the Cherokee’s cargo management system with a hanging grocery bag.

The Best and Worst Things

Its polarizing looks aside, the Cherokee does more than competing models and supplies lots of active-safety options and a good infotainment system, but its fuel economy is nothing special and the nine-speed transmission isn’t as smooth as we’d like.

Right For...

Jeep Cherokee

Anyone wanting a small crossover with true off-road capabilities. The best model here is the Cherokee Trailhawk with its higher ground clearance, knobbly tires, selectable traction, and simulated low range.

Wrong For...

The Cherokee’s polarizing style is wrong for some people, but before you look beyond Jeep altogether, consider the all-new Compass, coming in slightly smaller, yet with its own off-road capabilities and a far more palatable look.

The Bottom Line

The Jeep Cherokee offers the best off-road credentials of any model in the segment. That said, it's also useful for people that will never venture off paved roads. If you fall into the latter camp, then the base engine with front-wheel drive is all you need.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.4L I-4 / 184 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.4L I-4 / 184 HP / 171 ft.lbs.3.2L V-6 / 271 HP / 239 ft.lbs.
Transmission
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.4L I-4 / 184 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.4L I-4 / 184 HP / 171 ft.lbs.3.2L V-6 / 271 HP / 239 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
15.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$60
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
54.9 Cu.ft. / 58.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
105 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.0 "
Exterior Width
73.2 "
Exterior Height
65.7 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
41.1 "
Rear Legroom
40.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,655 Lbs. / 3,779 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Painted Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored / Front Colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 10 Performance
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver / Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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